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Country in Focus Sweden
22-09-2017
In der Reihe "Country in focus" befasst sich Democracy International mit Entwicklungen und Fortschritten in der modernen direkten Demokratie und der weltweiten Bürgerbeteiligung. In diesem Monat steht Schweden im Mittelpunkt. Am 13. September hatte Schweden den Tag der...
Andi Gross
27-09-2017
The rightwing AfD party has made it into the German Bundestag. What's up with democracy in Germany? Are the Germans not ready for direct democracy? And wouldn't nationwide referendums be dangerous in view of this election result? We asked the Swiss political scientist Andreas...
Country in Focus Sweden
22-09-2017
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in modern direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on Sweden. On 13 September, Sweden marked the National Citizens’ Initiative Day with the release of a...
An initial decision by the European Commission not to register an initiative against a free trade agreement between the EU and the US led to Europe-wide protests
03-08-2017
It is a critical moment for modern democracy. In the months to come, the fate of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - the first tool of participatory and direct democracy at the transnational level - will be decided.
Stop Glyphosate ECI
13-07-2017
On 3rd July the organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Glyphosate” submitted more than one million signatures to the European Commission, making it the fourth successful ECI and the first successfully submitted ECI in over two years. The goal of the ECI is...
Daniel Schily
25-08-2014
The intentions by Croatia’s parliamentarians to water down Croatia’s direct democracy legislation show the need of preventive checks of compatibility with the constitution instead of raising the turnout quorum. This is because the rules of direct democracy should base on the...
Activists of Piu Democrazia in front of Trient's Palazzo della Regione on 16 July 2014
18-07-2014
In Trentino, an autonomous province of Northern Italy, the direct democracy initiative “Più Democrazia in Trentino” (More Democracy in Trentino) has been working for years on realising a bill for citizen participation. On 16 July 2014, the local council of Trentino held a...
The Aquila Rapax, often spotted in Malta. Photo: Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia
24-01-2014
In the small island-state of Malta, member state of the European Union since 2005, shooting birds in spring is legal – and highly contested by Malta’s 400.000 inhabitants. Right now a coalition of environmentalists collected enough signatures to hold a referendum on spring...
20-09-2013
A citizens’ initiative against private water supply in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia was stopped on 5th September this year when the municipal council rejected a referendum calling for ceasing the city’s concession agreement with the private company “Sofia Water”, which is under...
16-09-2013
When staying in Ecuador last year, I very often heard the message from people: `No me gusta politica!' – ‘I do not like politics! However, now people want to get involved in politics as they plan to collect about 584 000 signatures in order to decide themselves on the future of...

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